Princess Elisabeta of Romania, the former Queen of Greece, bought Banloc Manor in 1935 from the Karátsonyi family, local Hungarian-Italian aristocrats, from the Banat region of Romania. Elisabeta restored and remodelled the manor, using it as a holiday residence for herself and other members of the royal family, among them King Michael of Romania and Helen, the Queen Mother.
After the communist take over the building and its land were successively used as a care home for the elderly, orphanage or local school.
Even after the fall of communism in 1989, Banloc Manor’s status is uncertain. It was closed down in 1997 and left to deteriorate, open to the elements. In the course of the last five decades it also suffered from earthquakes and vandalism. Some of the old objects were saved by the local authorities. Paul Lambrino, the son of Carol Mircea Lambrino (collateral descendant branch of King Carol II), claimed it unsuccessfully as an inheritance a couple of years ago. Recently the property was transferred to the administration of the Metropolitan Church of Banat.
In Romania, the Banloc Manor is also known as Banloc Castle, even it does not have the grandeur and architectural characteristics of a proper castle. The furniture, paintings and decorations of of this former local aristocratic and later royal residence is now dissipated even lost, a fate unfortunately shared by countless other the aristocratic and royal Romanian residences since 1948 the year the communists forcibly abolished the monarchy. ©Diana Mandache